Longhaired Cat Drops Feces Balls

CatChannel veterinary expert, Arnold Plotnick, DVM, offers a solution.

By Arnold Plotnick, DVM | Posted: July 18, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Himalayan Cat
Himalayan cats require frequent grooming to prevent stool problems.

Q: My 1-year-old Himalayan cat drops a small ball of feces, which is becoming quite a habit. Her cat pan is cleaned daily, and she eats dry food, which she prefers to be left out at all times. Why would my cat drop little balls of feces around the house?

A: I’m not sure I can tell exactly what the problem is from the wording in your letter. If you’re concerned that your cat is occasionally, unintentionally dropping a small ball of feces around the house rather than in her litterbox, well, this may have to do with her being a Himalayan cat. Himalayans have long, thick coats, and sometimes a piece of stool gets caught in the fur around the cat’s anus, rather than falling into the litter pan.

Later, that piece of stool can fall from the cat’s fur in an inappropriate place. Many of my clients bring their longhaired cats in regularly to have the fur under the cats’ tails trimmed to help prevent the problem you described. You may want to take your cat to your veterinarian or groomer to have the fur around her rear end shaved. This could resolve the problem.


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tori    marshall, TX

2/16/2010 10:02:44 AM

If your cat is dropping small balls of feces, while eating dry food you might want to see a vet my cat did the same exact thing. The vet said it may not look like it but your cat is dangerously ill and nothing was wrong. He is dead today because of it.

ML    Montoursville, PA

6/6/2009 1:30:33

We have to trim both of our long haired boys like this

dot    midland, MI

8/5/2008 5:44:45

Our cat does this on occassion, also. We have actually witnessed her dropping next to her freshly cleaned litter box. Our vet told us it could be a number of things...most commonly there may be a "stressor" (the last time she did this we had left her for 2 days) OR she may not like the brand of litter we are using (we purchase what is on sale). When she does this, we use an "attractant" in her litter box, which works very well. It can be found at pet supply stores.

Shannon    Danville, IL

7/28/2008 5:17:51 AM

I'd have to agree with the vet. I have a long-haired Persian that does the same thing. I usually pick the feces balls up with toilet paper and flush them. Guinevere has to be shaved as well.She also has a tendency to get knots in her fur.She doesn't like to brushed on her stomach.

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